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of a tense standoff came suddenly, the north korean government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never should have happened. bottom line, the 85-year-old the ex-marine for a trip that lasted much longer than it should have is home. it happened quickly without any prior announcement, the flight from pyongyang to beijing, and merrill newman finally able to speak freely. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> reporter: and then after a direct flight to san francisco, american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman had visited north korea on an organized tour but was pulled off his homebound flight october 26th minutes before takeoff and held without explanation but the eld
to san francisco right now. north korea freed 85-year-old merril newman friday night after detaining him for more than a month. newman was in good spirits when he arrived at beijing's airport. listen. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk tolerance has given me. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do, first thing? >> i'll go home and see my wife. >> i know she's waiting for him. cnn's athena jones is covering the story in washington for us. athena, good morning to you, why was newman in north korea to start with? and give us details about why they decided to release him now. >> good morning, victor. it is great news. great to see that video of him happy and smiling. mirel newman as you mentioned fought in the korean war and wanted to go back and visit the peninsula. he went with a tour group. he was taken off the 14 leave pyongyang at the end of that trip, he was taken off the plane, end of october, so he's been there for a long time. the north koreans say they're releasing him for humanitarian reasons after w
. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great homecoming. he thanked the u.s. embassy in beijing and the swedes in pyongyang, who acted on behalf of the americans in dealing for the release of him with the north koreans. he looked strained and he said he was very tired but he appeared to be in good health. he was very quickly swept away by his family, probably returning to their palo alto home here in california. it's a 46-day ordeal for him. and it obviously -- a great relief that it's come to an end. just one week ago, we saw him appear on video apologizing t
one month has been deported back to the united states. merrill newman is expected to arrive in, what, a couple of hours, mike. >> reporter: yes. i just confirmed with airport officials that he is expected to arrive around 9:00 on a united airlines flight coming from beijing. his son will be here to greet his father as he finally arrives back in states. he is 85 and from palo alto and has been held by the south korea an government since late october. before he was scheduled to leave, korean authorities detained him and held him for weeks. he is a korean war veteran and televised an apology for his part in the war. he briefly spoke to reporters on his way home at the beijing airport. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the -- so i can be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> i feel good. i feel good. >> what do you want to do first thing. >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: now, in a statement, north korea an officials say taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him, an apology made by him, the above said institution deported him from the c
, merrill newman was detained in north korea for reasons unknown. and now in a bizarre taped con infection, he apologized for his actions including killing troops andismians during the korean war. but there's still no word whether he will be set free. some like bill richardson thinks the se sheem is using him as a bargaining chip. >> they want something. i believe they want a high level delegati delegation. in the past they got jimmy carter and president clinton. i used to be the second string and i got a couple out. but in this case, there has to be some kind of an end game. the fact that they have two. the fact that one of them is a war veteran. >> cnn's pentagon correspondent live at the pentagon, barbara starr. my dad was a war veteran. that must have been very painful for him to do? >> swee decision diplomats have been able to visit him and bring in medication for his heart that we are told he needs. but still, of course, carol, his family wants him home. north koreanian state media released video of '85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten policy. >> in u.s. and western coun
-old korean war vet detained since october a. video released over the weekend shows merrill newman reading an apology for crimes against the state. let's bring in cnn's barbara starr. she's at the pentagon watching this situation what do you know? >> reporter: good morning, chris. swedish diplomats have been able to visit newman, but his family, of course, wants him home. >> i can understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> reporter: north korean state media released this video over the weekend of detained american tourist 85-year-old merrill newman reading a handwritten apomg. pyongyang says newman admits he is guilty of big crimes when he not for the u.s. in the korean war working with anti-down intoist gorillas planning now 60 years later to try to meet up with them. it shows newman signing the four-page statement, dating it, seemth it with his thumbprint in red enk. what happens to him next isn't clear after being held since late october taken off a plane just as hess tour group was leaving. the white house is now weighing
detained in north korea. the latest video of 85 year-old to merrill newman shows to making this so-called apology. his friends and family say that the apology was clearly scripted. >> this is a baffling. this is a new regimen of new leaders. i suspect that he is sending different signals but nobody knows what those signals are. >> another photograph has been released of a new man. it shows come and join his tended toward north korea. he is still being treated well and he has received medications that were sent by his family. >> coming up on the kron4 morning new spread tablets on the dinner table. coming up we will let you know what apple bees near you plans to do. >> will also have to cyber monday results. >> welcome back. the laptops, tablets and other mobile devices were working overtime for cyber monday. considered to be the super bowl of online shopping. analysts say overall sales were up 17 point 5 percent compared to last year. smartphones and tablets drove nearly one third of traffic on cyber monday. marking a shift in shopping preferences. some of the most popular items in
veteran held captive by north korea for more than a month. merrill newman is back home with his family and he's speaking out about his time in captivity. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent bash ra farr. i understand a new statement has been released from mr. newman? >> absolutely. this statement from the elderly war veteran tells of his captors trying to intimidate him, but him finding ways around that. merrill newman is finally back home in california after more than a month in north korean captivity. >> what's the first thing you'll do? >> probably take my shoes off. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now. >> reporter: in a remarkable news statement, newman himself explains why he think the the north koreans detained him, saying, quote, i've given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that, for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over, and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you are a foreigner. newman says he requested for visit an area where korean partisans and anticommunist
the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to countries who fly over that airspace. >>> violence is escalating in southern asia tonight. as anti-government protesters clash with police in thailand. at least four people have been killed there after three straight days of fighting in bangkok. nearly 30,000 people are protesting, determined to topple prime minister sin
-old merrill newman. the career of more bedroom was on attending a tour of north korea recently, when he was taken off of a plane and not allowed to leave the country. here is newman, making a so-called apology days ago. in the video, the korean war veteran said, that he was sorry for war crimes that he had committed ansar for hostile acts against his friends. >> just before 6-pm - and local temperatures are dropping drastically. more cold weather continues to roll in tonight.and the temperatures are below normal for this time of the year. right now. mount tam is in the mid 40's and in the berkeley hills. it is already 37 degrees. i'm in the weather center with chief meteorologist jacqueline bennett. we're hearing about possible rain -- and even snow??? >> we see mostly lame because we're in the 40's, it is too warm for snow but you concede that there is still snow showers. the pink is what we are calling the small minds. up to the north the scene snow. it's light rain at highway 1 01. as will but to ukiah we are seen at freezing snow. the snow levels are much more lord there because it
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